‘Ravenous’ Director Passes Away Too Young


According to Variety, Antonia Bird, who directed the incredibly underrated 1999 cannibalism horror pic Ravenous, died Thursday in London after an illness. She was 54.

Celebrate her life this Halloween by watching Ravenous, and acknowledge just how good it is!

The British helmer is known for directing films including Priest, Mad Love, and Face. Her close friend and frequent collaborator Robert Carlyle starred in several of her movies. Her films are renowned for their socially-conscious themes. Bird’s first feature, 1994′s Priest, was heavily criticized by the Catholic Church. She won a BAFTA for the “Safe” episode of the series “Screenplay” and another for “Care.”

Bird, Carlyle, Mark Cousins and Irvine Welsh created the production company 4-Way Film. Welsh and British thesp Matt Stokoe took to Twitter today to express their condolences.

She began her career at the Royal Court Theatre before venturing to the small screen in the mid-1980s with “EastEnders.” She later directed TV shows such as “Cracker,” “MI-5″ and “Casualty.”

  • NecRomancer

    That’s terrible news. Ravenous is easily one of my favorite films- very original and entertaining.

  • CTHL

    My favorite damn movie ever. Not a fan of her other work, but regardless… sad days.

  • dr.lamb

    Great movie, great actors, great soundtrack by Damon Albarn and Michael Nyman.

  • DethHand

    Wow! Ravenous was a really great movie. Travel well Antonia!